THE WAR FOR LUCILLE BALL

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FINAL UPDATE: 3/17/10 5:00 PM EDT

Heritage Auctions that was selling Lucille Ball memorabilia says it is returning the actress’ lifetime achievement awards to her daughter, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill.

The auction house says a deal was reached today will return the awards to Lucie, the daughter of  I Love Lucy stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball .

The deal announced today ends a legal fight between Luckinbill and the Susie Morton the widow of Gary Morton, Ball’s 2nd husband.  Gary married Susie after the comedy queen’s death in 1989.

first UPDATE: 307 PM EDT 7.16.09
Although the judge agreed to block the sale, he imposed a $250,000 bond that Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill would have to post to get a restraining order issued.

Lucie’s lawyer  Ronald Palmieri  says the amount is way too high and won’t be be met.

"We won on a legal basis, and the judge took it away from us on an economic basis," Palmieri said. "That is very sad."

 

The auction of Ball-memorabilia will proceed.


EARLIER: 

The daughter of comedy queen LUCILLE BALL war over her late mother’s prized possessions.

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, the daughter of Lucy and first hubby and TV costar Desi Arnaz, asked a court to block the scheduled auction of her mother’s prized heirlooms.

Ms. Luckinbill claimed many of the items belong to her.

These items include love letters between Ball and her second husband, Gary Morton, photographs and her many lifetime achievement awards

Morton’s widow, Susie, who married him after Lucy’s death, has sued Luckinbill in return  to get a judge’s order to OK bidding on the auction by Heritage Auction Galleries.

Lucie’s attorney Ronald Palmieri said a court hearing scheduled for later today will decide whether the auction scheduled for tomorrow can be stopped.

first posted: 11 AM EDT 7.16.09

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